Grandmasters (GM) Anton Demchenko of Russia and Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia posted contrasting results in the eighth round to share the lead with six points each in the 2014 Philippine International Chess Championship being held at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Quezon City.
Demchenko defeated Filipino GM Rogelio Antonio Jr. while Pantsulaia split the point with GM Mikhail Mozharov of Russia.
Mozharov is in a four-way tie for third with 5.5 points along with GMs Merab Gagunashvili of Georgia, Ivan Popov of Russia and Avetik Grigoryan of Armenia.
Antonio, on the other hand, dropped to seventh with five points. Also in the group are Filipino GMs John Paul Gomez, Darwin Laylo and Oliver Barbosa, International Master (IM) Narayanan Sunilduth Lyna of India, Filipino IM Kim Steven Yap and untitled Filipino Roel Abelgas.
Gomez drew with Barbosa and Laylo beat Filipino FIDE Master (FM) Paulo Bersamina in the 10-round tournament sanctioned by the International Chess Federation.
Asia’s first GM Eugene Torre is in a group of 4.5-points with GM Richard Bitoon and FM Sumiya Biguun of Mongolia while GM Julio Catalino Sadorra, IM Haridas Pascua, and FMs Sander Severino and Bersamina are in the four-point bracket.
In the ninth round, Grigoryan faces Demchenko, Pantsulaia meets Popov, Gagunashvili battles Yap, Antonio fights Mozharova, Barbosa tackles Sunilduth Lyna, Gomez takes on Abelgas, and Laylo will collide with Bitoon.